Barbecue is an American tradition that reveals as much about those who make as it does about the location where it is made. These twelve photos will introduce you to some of the places we’ve been and people we’ve met so far.
Known as “Pete Jones” to the locals in tiny Ayden, North Carolina, the Skylight Inn is probably the most famous stronghold of East Carolina barbecue.
Payne’s charcoal-smoked fare is a standout example of Memphis barbecue, and no trip would be complete without it. And visiting Payne’s is a trip in itself.
We thought A&R’s had served us the best ribs in Memphis, but the pitmaster thought he could do better. That craftsmanlike drive toward quality made him want his customers to experience the best his restaurant had to offer.
We know that the area around Memphis is rich with barbecue and music and this time we’ll be staying there for close to a full week to find as much of it as we can.
Normally when we find a barbecue place that we like it’s in a hard to reach small town. Then we rave about these meals to our friends, which often leaves them feeling envious. Fortunately, our College Point Crawls now allow us to bring our friends to a not so far-flung barbecue find.
The anomalies and challenges surrounding B’s Barbecue make it the grail of any barbecue quest, so we made it the first stop on our second North Carolina trip.
We’ve had some of America’s best pulled pork from East Carolina to Texas. For our first attempt at smoked pork, we decided to combine those traditions.